Plans for the future of Barking and Dagenham were discussed at a special reception, as the borough approaches its 50th anniversary.
The event took place at Eastbury Manor House on 16 September and was attended by representatives from local businesses, faith and community group leaders and members of the local authority. It was also the first reception in Barking to be led by the new leader of the council, Councillor Darren Rodwell.
Rodwell laid out his vision for the future of the borough over the next four years and announced plans for a series of events to coincide with its 50th anniversary in 2015.
He said: “We are no longer two Essex towns, but one London borough, and 2015 is a great opportunity to showcase all the things that Barking and Dagenham has to offer in terms of business, regeneration and culture.
“There is now a changing relationship between the council, businesses, our partners and the community, and we are keen to work in partnership to change the perception of the borough. We want to improve our links within the London context, and would like everyone to work together as equals to help achieve this new vision.
“Barking and Dagenham is open for business, and as a borough with the most untapped potential for growth of anywhere else in the capital we have a lot to offer and a very bright future ahead, despite reduced funding from central government.”
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